Proposed Melbourne suburban rail line would be Australia's largest public transport project

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The proposed Melbourne suburban rail loop.
Government of Victoria

MELBOURNE, Australia — The government of the state of Victoria has unveiled plans for a $50 billion (Australia) underground rail line that will provide a suburban loop around the city and link all exisiting rail lines, as well as a new line to the Melbourne airport announced earlier this year.

Construction would begin in 2022 but would not be completed until 2050. It would be the largest public transport project in Australian history, said Victoria premier Daniel Andrews.

The 56-mile system would add 12 stations while giving suburban travelers the ability to go connect to existing rail lines without having to go via downtown. The lack of such a link means that most crosstown transit is currently by bus rather than rail.

Andrews told a Melbourne radio station that, when complete, the line will carry 400,000 passengers daily,  and take 200,000 cars off the road. It would create 20,000 construction jobs.

A report on the plan is available here.

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